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Hungry? Call Your Neighborhood Delivery Robot

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:01:00 -0400

Self-driving delivery robots have popped up on the sidewalks of Washington, D.C. — and other locations have expressed interest. The bots learn about traffic patterns with every trip they take.

A Smartphone Can Accurately Test Sperm Count

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:01:00 -0400

Measuring the quality of those little swimmers usually requires a trip to the doctor. Researchers have come up with a smartphone accessory that would let men do that at home in less than five seconds.

Google Promises To Keep Ads Off 'Hateful, Offensive' YouTube Content

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:22:00 -0400

On Friday, a division of a global marketing group with a digital budget of more than $200 million put its dealings with Google on "pause," citing recent controversies.

The Emergence Of The White Troll Behind A Black Face

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:20:00 -0400

Over the past few months, Black Twitter has noticed an increase in the number of white trolls creating fake Twitter accounts.

Are You Addicted To Your Smartphone?

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 04:28:00 -0400

Behavioral addiction, especially to the new technologies so prevalent today, is the topic of Adam Alter's book Irresistible. Alva Noë proposes two criteria that may determine addiction to technology.

The Earth Is Flat? Check Wikipedia

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:55:00 -0400

Wikipedia has discovered an educational mission in an age of rampant truthiness. And it's enlisting college students to help.

Finding A Pedicure In China, Using Cutting-Edge Translation Apps

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:46:00 -0400

On a trip to China, NPR's Aarti Shahani took a detour in search of a pedicure, with help from some of the latest voice translation apps. These tools could radically change how you travel abroad.

After Short-Lived Tenure, Uber President Quits Amid Company Turmoil

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 21:40:00 -0400

Jeff Jones cited conflicting leadership approaches upon leaving the company after just six months. Uber's CEO had recruited the marketing expert to bolster the ride-hailing giant's reputation.

The Vatican Sends Its Social Media Guru To SXSW Festival

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 18:01:00 -0400

Bishop Paul Tighe, the Adjunct Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, was a member of the Vatican's inaugural panel at the Austin fest. He discusses the Catholic Church's social media role.

Take A Peek Under The Helmet Of Virtual Reality At SXSW

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 18:01:00 -0400

VR was everywhere at the Austin festival. Todd Richmond, the director of advanced prototypes at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies breaks down the hype.

Out Of Bounds: Competitive Video Gaming And Scholarships

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 07:52:00 -0400

Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to John Ourand of SportsBusiness Journal about competitive video game players. Esports competitions are growing and some schools are offering scholarships.

Tech Companies Have Mixed Feelings Toward Trump Administration

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 17:39:39 -0400

The South by Southwest Interactive Festival, one of the first big tech conferences since the election, added a special track this year about tech under the Trump administration.

McDonald's Tweet Blasts President Trump, And Is Quickly Deleted

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:08:00 -0400

McDonald's says its account was "hacked by an external source." The tweet drew a wide range of responses — from pledges to eat a Big Mac today to calls for a boycott.

Vibrator Maker To Pay Millions Over Claims It Secretly Tracked Use

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 13:52:00 -0400

The makers of the We-Vibe, which can be paired with an app, don't admit any wrongdoing. But they will pay $3.75 million after allegations that the app was collecting "highly sensitive information."

VIDEO: Nike's New Ad Asks A Question Arab Women Know All Too Well

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:06:00 -0400

'What will they say about you?' It's the name of a new Nike ad targeted to Arab women.